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Symposium on St. Nicholai Velimirovich in Valjevo — In honor of the jubilee of Saint Bishop Nicholai — 140 years since his birth, 65 years since his death, and 30 years since the transfer of his relics from Libertyville to his native Lelić, the Diocese of Valjevo organized a Symposium dedicated to the work of Saint Bishop Nicholai on September 24, 2022. This event occurred on the 16th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Diocese of Valjevo; the Symposium was held in the hall of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in Valjevo.

At this Symposium, Bishop Isihije (Rogić) of Valjevo addressed the audience with an opening speech. In the first part of this meeting, deacon Dragan Karan, professor of the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade, spoke on the topic of “Pastoral Activities of Saint Bishop Nicholai.” Vladimir Medenica spoke on the topic “The Christian Understanding of Love according to Bishop Nicholai.”

In the break between the two sessions, the brotherhood of the Lelić monastery, led by hegumen Georgije (Mićić), prepared a luncheon for the participants and guests of the Symposium in the Lelić monastery. In the second part of the Symposium, Ksenija Končarević, professor of the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, spoke on the doxology of God in Prayers by the Lake of Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich. The last topic that was presented concerned the Prologue of Ohrid by Bishop Nicholai. The moderator of the Symposium was Fr. Branko Čolić.

The following day, Sunday, September 25, 2022, the celebration of the jubilee of Saint Bishop Nicholai was rounded with the Holy Liturgy in the Lelić Monastery.

The videos of both sessions of the Symposium in honor of Saint Bishop Nicholai are available online — via Radio Istočnik’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44CgLaOnLR8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU7jEGai7Uc.

More information on Symposium is available on the website of the Diocese of Valjevo — https://www.eparhijavaljevska.rs/.

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The fourth issue of the Nicholai Studies, an international journal for the research of theological and ecclesiastical contribution of Nicholai Velimirovich (1881–1956), as well as the wider context in which he lived and created, is published.

In the fourth issue of the Nicholai Studies, the paper of Ružica Levuškina from the Institute for the Serbian Language of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts was published, on the topic of the possibility of (theo)linguistic research on the material of Velimirovich’s Slovesnik. Deacon Budimir Kokotović from the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate wrote an article that deals with the role of St. Bishop Nicholai in the history of the Bitola Theological Seminary. Prof. Dr. Ksenija Končarević from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade writes on the topic of doxology of God in the Prayers by the Lake of Bishop Nicholai. Goran M. Janićijević from the Orthodox Youth Center “St. Peter of Sarajevo” from Istočno Novo Sarajevo refers to St. Nicholai Velimirovich from a personal point of view, guided by verses from the Troparion to St. Nicholai. Very Rev. Edward Pehanich from the Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese) in his review writes about Nicholai Velimirovich as a contemporary Chrysostom and the importance of his spiritual legacy today, while Anastasia Limberger from Munich writes about the translation of Velimirovich’s Words on the Allman in German.

The journal Nicholai Studies is available in open access. The fourth issue of the journal can be downloaded at https://nicholaistudies.org/2022/II/4.

The next issue of the Nicholai Studies should appear in January of 2023.

A new book on the relations between the Anglican Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church — A book about the relations between the Anglican Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church, edited by prof. Mark D. Chapman from Oxford University and prof. Bogdan Lubardić from the University of Belgrade, was recently published. It is a collection of scientific papers, entitled Serbia and the Church of England: The First World War and a New Ecumenism (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05977-3).

According to the publisher, this book presents the first comprehensive account of the changing ecumenical relationships between Britain and Serbia. While the impetus for the collection is the commemoration of the Serbian seminarians who settled in and around Oxford towards the end of the First World War, the scope is much broader, including detailed accounts of the relationships between the Church of England and Serbia and its Orthodox Church from the middle of the nineteenth century until World War II. It includes studies of leading thinkers from the period, especially the charismatic Nicholai Velimirovich. The contributors use many unpublished resources that reveal the centrality of the churches in promoting the Serbian cause through the course of the First World War and in its aftermath.

The third issue of the Nicholai Studies, an international journal for the research of theological and ecclesiastical contribution of Nicholai Velimirovich (1881–1956), as well as the wider context in which he lived and created, is published.

The third issue of the Nicholai Studies brings an article written by Marcel Černý, an associate of the Institute of Slavonic Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague, a brief overview of the main moments in learning about the life and work of St. Nicholai of Serbia, Bishop of Ohrid and Žiča, in Czechian and Slovakian context — through a review of Czechian and Slovakian literature on St. Nicholai, as well as translations of his works into Czechian and Slovakian languages from 1912 to 2018. The next article in this issue, written by Rev. Nikolaj L. Kostur from Chicago, is dedicated to the relationship of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad between 1920 and 1941, with the mention of the contribution of Bishop Nicholai. Gordana Štasni’s research published in this issue is dedicated to the symbolic representations of wild animals in Prayers by the Lake by St. Nicholai Velimirovich, while in his article Zoran Matić is paying attention to the Serbian translation of the book The Church — Towards a Common Vision, referring to the participation of Bishop Nicholai in the ecumenical movement. Snežana Lj. Adamović deals with the place of Peter II Petrović Njegoš in the thought of St. Nicholai. In the third issue of the journal Marcel Černy presents to us the selected bibliography of St. Nicholai of Serbia in Czech and Slovak languages (1912–2018).

The journal Nicholai Studies is available in open access, and the third issue of the journal can be downloaded at https://nicholaistudies.org/2022/II/3.

The next issue of the Nicholai Studies (Vol. II, No. 4) should appear in July of 2022.

The New Issue of “Serbian Zion” — The last issue of the official gazette of the Diocese of Srem Serbian Zion is dedicated to St. Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich. The topic of this issue was “Bishop Nicholai of Žiča and Ohrid as an Inspiration” and there are a few texts on Bishop Nicholai published in No. 3/2021 of this journal, written by Presbyter Stanko Laketić, Presbyter Aleksandar R. Jevtić, Darko Paripović, Zorica Stefanović, Ivana Jokić, and Božidar Vasić.

Editor-in-Chief of the Serbian Zion is Presbyter Aleksandar Čavka. The publisher of Serbian Zion is the Diocese of Srem of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Bishop Nicholai and the Jewish People — “Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich and the Jewish People” was the title of a lecture given by historian Miloš Damjanović at the Cultural Center “Aquarius” in Kosovska Mitrovica on September 7, 2021. The lecture was organized on the occasion of the European Day of Jewish Culture, which also was dedicated to the topic of dialogue.

Damjanović addressed some controversial topics. Namely, there are various controversial narratives about the attitude of Bishop Nicholai towards the Jewish people, related to the post-war propaganda of former Socialist Yugoslavia — which demonized Bishop Nicholai, unjustifiably connecting him with Nazi ideology and anti–Semitism.

Such stereotypical foundations served during the civil war in Yugoslavia, but also today, to further expand the propaganda image of Bishop Nicolai’s personality and work, which indirectly stigmatized the Serbian people in the international community. However, the historical truth is quite the opposite: Bishop Nicholai himself was a victim of the Nazis, and he was involved in saving at least two Jewish people from the Holocaust, although the occupier foresaw the death penalty for such a humane act. More information is available at the website of the Cultural Center “Aquarius” — https://galerijaaquarius.files.wordpress.com/.

The Legacy of St. Nicholai Velimirovich

The fourth Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion took place in Münster (Germany) between Monday, August 30th and Thursday, September 2nd, 2021. University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) was the organizing institution. This year more than 800 participants from around the world participated in the conference, which contained 163 panels (details are available at the 2021 EuARe conference schedule — at the website of the European Academy of Religion: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/conference-schedule). The keynote lecturers at the conference were Vassilis Saroglou (Université Catholique de Louvain), Guy Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Judith Wolfe (University of St. Andrews), Azza Karam (Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam)...

On Wednesday, September 1st, there was the panel dedicated to the St. Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich. Panel 155, with the working title “The Legacy of Nicholai Velimirovich” was held in a hybrid format — as a combination of online presentations and presentations of panelists present in Münster. This panel took place at the Philosophisches Seminar (Domplatz 23, 48143 Münster), and was organized by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

As it was announced before the conference, the panel aimed to scrutinize the intellectual legacy of the modern Orthodox theologian Nicholai Velimirovich (1881–1956). Namely, despite the unanimous recognition of his intellectual and spiritual caliber, Velimirovich remains a largely under-researched author both in a Serbian national and an international context. Moreover, apart from being scantily studied, his writings are usually subject to excessive misinterpretation. This is particularly the case with one of the constants of Velimirovich’s work, namely his criticism of certain European ideas. Perhaps, more than any other aspect of his work, Velimirovich’s views on Europe have been approached in a biased way and instrumentalized in highly charged political disputes.

By commemorating the hundred-fortieth anniversary of Velimirovich’s birth and sixty-fifth anniversary of his death, this panel shed light on:

1) Velimirovich’s formative period before and during WWI, he spent in Germany, Switzerland, UK and USA and his ecumenical endeavors;

2) the interwar period, while he served first as bishop of Žiča and later as bishop of Ohrid, and his relationship with the Yugoslav government and political parties, Roman-Catholic Church, Jewish communities, as well as with the ideologies of fascism and communism;

3) his imprisonment during WWII in Dachau, immigration in the USA, and the life in immigration, including his rectorate at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in South Canaan (PA) and his engagements with American Christians.

Chairs of the panel were Vladimir Cvetković (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Rastko Lompar (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia).

Participants of the panel “The Legacy of Nicholai Velimirovich” were:

Milan Kostrešević (University of Bern, Switzerland): “Nicholai Velimirovich’s Scientific Activity in Bern: Doctorates in Theology and Philosophy” (Kostrešević could not participate but he submitted his paper);

Srećko Petrović (University of Belgrade, Serbia): “A Review of Early Ecumenical Engagement of Nicholai Velimirovich: 1908–1921”; The next issue of the journal is scheduled for the second half of the year. The next issue will be published in English and Serbian.

Phillip Calington (St Sergius Orthodox Academy, Paris, France): “St Nicholai Velimirovich and pre-Christian philosophers”;

Rastko Lompar (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade, Serbia): “Reassessing Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich’s Stances on Fascism and the Yugoslav National Movement Zbor”;

Nemanja Andrijašević (University of Munich, Germany): “Instructions of Bishop Dr Nicholai Velimirovich Addressed to the Archpriest Aleksa Todorović regarding the Arrangement of Religious-national edition ‘Svečanik’”;

Vladimir Cvetković (University of Belgrade, Serbia): “Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich’s View on the Relationship between Politics and Religion”;

Dragan Šljivić (University of Erfurt, Germany): “The Orthodox Nevercoming Land: St. Nicholai of Ohrid and Žiča on Democracy”;

Srećko Petrović (University of Belgrade, Serbia): “Engagement of Nicholai Velimirovich after the World War II”.

According to the schedule of the conference, this panel was to be held from 14.15 to 17.45, with a break; however, there was a lot of questions so there was almost no break and there was not enough time for the questions which were raised and discussions which started, so panelists and other participants extended the time to continue the discussion.

This international scientific event was a kind of commemoration and celebration of legacy of St. Bishop Nicholai — on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of St. Nicholai Velimirovich’s birth, 65th anniversary of his repose in the Lord, and 30th anniversary of the transfer of his holy relics to Lelić in Serbia. Hopefully, there will be more events of this kind in the future.

The journal Nicholai Studies is added to DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals.

The second issue of the Nicholai Studies, an international journal for the research of theological and ecclesiastical contribution of Nicholai Velimirovich (1881–1956), is published.

In the second issue of the Nicholai Studies appeared an essay by Frère Richard from Taizé, inspired by the thoughts of Bishop Nicholai, and an article by Bishop Irinej Dobrijević — on Nicholai Velimirovich’s mission in America 1915–1918, as well as an article by Slavica Popović Filipović on the mission of Nicholai Velimirovich in Great Britain during the First World War. Rastko Lompar’s research published in this issue is dedicated to the problem of the authenticity of Bishop Nicholai’s sermon on Dimitrije Ljotić’s funeral on April 24, 1945, while Nemanja Andrijašević’s article is paying attention to the image of Bishop Nicholai according to the correspondence of Đorđe Radin and Đoko Slijepčević. Željko Perović’s paper is focused on the views of Bishop Nicholai on fascism, and Ilija Kajtez’s article is focused on Velimirovich’s understanding of war, while Pavle Botić’s contribution is dedicated to the mystagogy of St Nicholai Velimirovich. In the second issue, there is a review of the collection of articles on the Hegumenia Ana Adžić by Dejan Tanić, as well as a review of a new publication regarding the orphanage of St Nicholas in Bitola — Bogdaj.

At the end of this issue, which contains over 300 pages, a selected recent bibliography of Nicholai studies is published. The announced list of academic research, i.e. the list of defended university theses related to Nicholai Velimirovich and to the topics of his legacy (which theses are actually much more numerous than that could be assumed) was not published in this issue but was moved to one of the following volumes since it is still quite far from complete.

The journal Nicholai Studies is available in open access, and the second issue of the journal can be downloaded at https://nicholaistudies.org/2021/I/2.

The next issue of the Nicholai Studies (Vol. II, No. 3) should appear in English, in January 2022.

The European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2021 (Münster, August 30th — September 2nd) — The European Academy of Religion announced its fourth Annual Conference, which will take place in Münster (Germany) between Monday, August 30th, and Thursday, September 2nd. Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster will be the organizing institution. The keynote lecturers at the conference this year shall be Rowan Williams (University of Cambridge), Vassilis Saroglou (Université Catholique de Louvain), Guy Stroumsa (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Judith Wolfe (University of St. Andrews), and Azza Karam (Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam). According to the First Draft of the Conference Schedule for the European Academy of Religion 2021 Annual Conference, a panel entitled “The Legacy of Nicholai Velimirovich,” chaired by Fr. John Parker, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will be held on Wednesday, September 1st. More information at https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/news.

We are happy to inform you that the second issue of the Nicholai Studies is ready for printing, and that it will be published next week.

We are happy to announce the release of the second issue of the Nicholai Studies, which should be printed this summer.

In the second issue of the Nicholai Studies, an essay by Brother Richard from Taizé will appear, inspired by the thoughts of Bishop Nicholai, and an article by Bishop Irinej Dobrijević — on Nicholai Velimirovich’s mission in America 1915–1918, as well as an article by Slavica Popović Filipović on the mission of Nicholai Velimirovich in Great Britain during the First World War. Rastko Lompar’s research is dedicated to the problem of the authenticity of Bishop Nicholai’s sermon on Dimitrije Ljotić’s funeral on April 24, 1945, and Nemanja Andrijašević’s article on Bishop Nicholai according to the correspondence of Đorđe Radin and Đoko Slijepčević... Željko Perović writes about the views of Bishop Nicholai on fascism, and Ilija Kajtez on Velimirovich’s understanding of war, while Pavle Botić’s contribution is dedicated to the mystagogy of St Nicholai Velimirovich. In the second issue a review of the collection of articles on the Hegumenia Ana Adžić by Dejan Tanić will appear, while the editorial board is preparing an overview of the development of Nicholai’s studies through the prism of academic research, i.e. final and doctoral theses dedicated to Nicholai Velimirovich’s legacy, as well as selected recent bibliography of Nicholai’s studies.

The journal Nicholai Studies is added to the doiSerbia Repository.

“Tucindan — the birthday of someone who is destined to wander around the world”

“Tucindan” — a Serbian traditional pre-holiday two days before Christmas, and here a wordplay which Velimirovich used: it could be rendered as “the day of wanderers.” In this manner, Bishop Nicholai dated a letter which he sent from Lakavana to Fr. Aleksa Todorović in Munich on January 5, 1952 — cf. CW, XIII, 687.

On the 140th anniversary of the birth of Nicholai Velimirovich, the first issue of the journal Nicholai Studies has been published. Both printed and digital copy of the first issue of Nicholai Studies are stored in the Repository of the National Library of Serbia.

The journal is available online as an open-access publication.

The next issue of the journal is scheduled for the second half of the year. The next issue will be published in English and Serbian.

We are happy to inform you that the first volume of the Nicholai Studies is ready for printing, and that it will be published next week.

We are very sorry to inform you that due to Covid–19 crisis the publishing of the first issue of Nicholai Studies will be postponed.

The website of the journal Nicholai Studies is launched. The first call for papers is sent to the authors. The deadline for submission of works for the first issue of Nicholai Studies, scheduled for June 2020, is April 1.

Test version of the website of the journal Nicholai Studies is launched.

After consultations, Srećko Petrović is elected as the editor of the journal Nicholai Studies. Preparation of the material for conceptualization and the website of the journal started. Nikola Vukosavljević is engaged for design of the webpage of the journal Nicholai Studies.

The first meeting of the members of the preliminary Editorial Board in Belgrade. Present: Aleksandar Đakovac, Vladimir Cvetković, Romilo Knežević, Srećko Petrović. The journal Nicholai Studies is founded.